Best Physics Universities in Spain 2023

The 2nd edition of ranking of the best universities in the field of Physics is based on data derived from multiple data sources including OpenAlex and CrossRef. The bibliometric data for devising the citation-based metrics were collected on 21-12-2022. Position in the ranking is based on a sum of D-indexes (Discipline H-index) of all ranking researcher’s affiliated with a given institution. D-index takes into account only publications and citation metrics for an examined discipline.
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The range of our Physics research
Our best universities ranking is a trustworthy account of leading researchers from the field of Physics , based on a thorough analysis of 166,880 researchers identified from a variety of bibliometric data sources. For the area of Physics, more than 51178 researchers were analysed.

What is D-index approval threshold for Physics
The D-index threshold for approving a scientist to be examined is placed at 70 if most of their publications are in the discipline of Physics. The acceptance criteria for scholars to be considered into the ranking of top scholars are based on the D-index, proportion of the publications made within the specific field of study plus the awards and achievements of the researchers. The D-index threshold for considering leading researchers is set as an increment of 10 depending on the total number of scientists estimated for each discipline whilst making sure that the top 1% of leading scholars are added into the ranking. There should be a proximity of 30% or less between a scholar’s general H-index and their D-index.

Extra verification methods
Because our primary goal is to make sure that only actual scientists are mentioned in the ranking we believe that numbers are never supposed to be an absolute tool to evaluate the work of researchers. This is why we manually inspect each profile and cross-correlate it against publications in a varied range of trustworthy sources. Even though it’s not a metric contributing to a researcher’s position in the ranking, the amount of papers published in prominent journals and conference proceedings should constitute a credible secondary indication of their contribution to research in a selected discipline. Position in the ranking is determined by each researcher’s D-index with the help of data compiled from OpenAlex and CrossRef, which are the most trustworthy and well-established bibliometric databases of this type open to the scientific community. A detailed overview of our research policy can be found on our methodology page.

Our goal
Our objective is to inspire researchers, businessmen and decision-makers around the world to explore where prominent experts are heading and to provide a way for the entire scientific community to find out who the leading experts in specific areas of study, in different countries, or even within research institutions are.
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Key findings for Physics
With 12 scientific affiliations Spain ranks in spot 10 globally.

As far as institutions are concerned, the institution with the highest number of leading researchers in Spain is University of La Laguna with 9 researchers affiliated with it being features in Physics ranking. It is followed by Barcelona Institute for Science and Technology with 5 scientists and University of Valencia with 4 scholars.

The most prominent researchers in the area of Physics in Spain are representing Institute of Space Sciences, European Space Astronomy Centre, Catalan Institution for Research and Advanced Studies, University of the Balearic Islands, Institute of Photonic Sciences, IMDEA Nanoscience Institute, Spanish National Research Council, University of Santiago de Compostela, University of Barcelona, University of Valencia. University of La Laguna is featured as the best university in the Spain in our ranking with a total D-index of its ranking scholars at 846. Ranking second is Barcelona Institute for Science and Technology with a total D-index of 431. The third position is taken by University of Valencia with a total D-index of 358.

The average total D-index for the top 5% universities is 258 against an average of 258 for all 12 institutions featured in the ranking.

The average number of published papers within the field of Physics by scientists affiliated with the top 1% of scientists in the ranking is 1118 in comparison to an average of 1118 for all 12 universities.

The average number of citations of researchers affiliated with the top 3% universities is 114950 against an average of 114950 for all 12 universities.

University Details
Σ Publications
Σ D-Index D-index (Discipline H-index) only includes papers and citation values for an examined discipline in contrast to General H-index which accounts for publications across all disciplines.
68 World 1 National Scholars 9 3,556 Σ D-index 846
124 World 2 National Scholars 5 2,306 Σ D-index 431
152 World 3 National Scholars 4 1,672 Σ D-index 358
155 World 4 National Scholars 4 1,450 Σ D-index 345
176 World 5 National Scholars 3 810 Σ D-index 277
188 World 6 National Scholars 3 1,054 Σ D-index 255
273 World 7 National Scholars 2 723 Σ D-index 141
286 World 8 National Scholars 1 359 Σ D-index 119
297 World 9 National Scholars 1 336 Σ D-index 109
382 World 10 National Scholars 1 265 Σ D-index 79
423 World 11 National Scholars 1 432 Σ D-index 72
432 World 12 National Scholars 1 455 Σ D-index 70

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